Removals from Dublin to Vancouver

Moving from Dublin to Vancouver

If you are planning to move to Canada, you could do a lot worse than choosing Vancouver as your destination. As the biggest city in British Columbia, Vancouver has a lot to offer. It is a lively culturally diverse city. It is located only 15km from the US border state of Washington. The weather is generally mild compared to many parts of Canada and is, in fact, one of the warmest parts of the country. And the city is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The jobs market is quite healthy, and rates of unemployment are currently around 6 % compared to the Canadian Average of 6.8%. The main business sectors include telecommunications, film and television, aerospace and healthcare.


Cost of living

The cost of living is generally lower than Dublin. Some items including food and personal care are more expensive, but this is offset but paying less for other items including rent, transport and utility bills which on average work out around 40- 50% less than Dublin. Most people rent rather than buy as it is the cheaper option. Prices vary depending on the area, but average rent for a small flat would be around C$1,518 (€1,007) per month.

Where to live

Vancouver has some lovely residential areas whether you are looking for a cool upmarket flat or a more traditional family home.

Hastings-Sunrise is one of the most family friendly areas. It has excellent schools and parks including the well-known Hastings Park which houses the Pacific National Exhibition.


This area, whose name gives away its Irish origins, is another popular residential area with lots of traditional family homes as well as new developments including high-rise flats. It is close to shops and other amenities as well as Everette Crowley Park.

West End

This is an up and coming area. It is more affordable than some because of its traditionally working-class origins but is becoming increasingly popular with young professionals and entrepreneurs. Property prices are a little lower than some of the more established residential areas. Attractions include Stanley Park and being near the Pacific Ocean.


Schools and Education

Vancouver has excellent schools and most children attend the local public schools. Vancouver also has good opportunities for higher education including the University of BC and the Simon Fraser University both of which have excellent reputations.

Making the move


Always check out any customs restrictions as these vary from one country to another and can include some surprising items. For example, Canada bans the importing of used mattresses, unless certified to have been fumigated. Baby-walkers have been banned since 2004 following a large number of accidents.

Depending on the size of your move, you will need to decide if you should bring your belongings by air or sea. Shipping your goods by sea is cheaper but takes longer.

While air transport is a lot quicker the cost is considerably more, and it is only suitable if you are bringing a smaller load – not for bringing the entire contents of a large family home!

To help you get ready for your move we offer a wide range of professional advice and services including a professional packing service to ensure your valuable items will arrive safely.


Removals From Dublin To Toronto

The Friendly City

Although not the capital, Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is the centre of financial tech and environmental sectors and has a reputation for being a friendly city.  Moving from Dublin to Toronto, you will be following in the footsteps of many previous generations who made the journey across the Atlantic.  Toronto is on the shore of Lake Ontario and a boat trip of only 20 miles will take you over the border into the neighbouring USA


Where to live

Yonge and Eglington is a popular district, sometimes described as mid-town Toronto.

As well as older traditional detached homes there are also newer apartments making it an upmarket but still affordable choice for young professionals. The area has a buzz about it with lots of trendy bars, restaurants and shops as well as being well connected to the subway.



Harbourfront is another popular place to live. You can have the pleasure of strolling by the lake but still have the advantage of being close to the heart of the city. It is also a great location for airport and rail connections. But of course, it comes with a price tag to match, so expect to pay a little more to rent or buy in the area


Making the move

One question to consider is whether to move your belongings by air or sea. Air is obviously faster but more expensive and suitable for small loads only. Sea is cheaper, but as long as you plan ahead you can factor the longer transit time to ensure that your move still goes smoothly. You might choose to send certain items by air but do the bulk of your move by sea. At Get Cracking we offer a wide range of professional crating and packing services to ensure that everything arrives safely

A few things to keep in mind

You might be surprised at some of the restrictions you could encounter when moving to Toronto. As well as the usual things like weapons and plants being banned there are others you may not expect:

Mattresses: You cannot bring a used mattress into Canada unless it has been fumigated and you provide certification that it has been professionally treated. Something to keep in mind if you are planning to bring your bed from home.

Baby walkers:

Again, this might seem like an ordinary household item, but baby walkers have been banned in Canada since 2004 and cannot be brought into the country. Owners can face a fine of up to $1000 CDN or even a prison term.

Getting around.

Toronto is an easy city to get around. It has good public transport including an excellent subway system. Your drivers’ licence will be valid for 90 days but beyond this, you would need either an international or resident’s driving licence depending on your long-term plans.

With all this in mind and the fact that it has the 2nd lowest crime rate compared to other cities of a similar size; Toronto is a great place to live. To ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible, contact us and one of our staff will be happy to discuss your requirements.


Customs Tips For International Removals

International Removals

Negotiating Customs – Top Tips from Get Cracking

Heading off to live in a brand-new country is an adventure, that’s for sure! But getting ready for a big move can prove stressful, after all you have to pack up your old life in readiness for your new one. That means getting organised, so why not save yourself time and trouble (and your sanity) by enlisting the help of a worldwide removals company? Here at Get Cracking we have plenty of experience in coordinating world-wide removals, and can help take the stress out of your move. To get you on your way we’ve put together a few of our top tips on how best to negotiate customs at a few popular destinations.

Removals to Canada

Planning a move to Canada? The Great White North is amazing country, made up of stunning scenery and vibrant cities. Here’s what to expect customs wise:

Anything to Declare?

If you are planning to reside in Canada for more than a year you can take along personal belongings and furniture from your current, and you don’t have to pay import duty or taxes. On arrival in Canada the shipper needs to personally attend customs – and a first declaration should be made on entering the country. Two lists (in duplicate form) need to be presented, one should detail accompanying items, and the other should outline goods to follow. Try to be thorough with your declaration – include information such as the value of goods, model, brand and serial numbers. When the shipment turns up a further personal declaration will need to be made.


Get Your Documents in Order

There a few essential documents you will need in order to reside in Canada. For a start you will need a passport (which will need to be validated as you enter the country). You will also require a previous airport or US/Canada border declaration form. You may have packed up all of your items securely, but you will need to provide an advise note, a “goods to follow list,” featuring a comprehensive list of items along with their value, documents alluding to ownership /possession and use of items and also any receipts for goods newly bought.


Removals to the United States

Planning a move to America? The land of the free and the home of the brave has a lot to offer, but before you start singing the star-spangled banner check out what to expect when negotiating customs:


How Much Are You Shipping?

If your household goods fill a shipping container you will be able to have it delivered to a port close to your new home. Sending less means you will have to ship via “consolidated groupage service,” which means your personal items are grouped together with those belonging to others (in order to fill a container). When it’s full (which can take a week or longer), the container is loaded onto the appropriate vessel ready for shipment. On clearing customs your goods can then be forwarded to you, actual delivery time will depend on how far away you live from the port.

How Much Will It Cost?

Prices vary, depending on whether you would like “door-to-door” delivery or prefer your goods to be shipped to a main port. If you opt for this you will need to sort out collection and delivery to your home. Door-to-door is the easier option – you don’t have to sort out port fees, organise the unloading of the container, worry about clearing customs, or find a reputable carrier to deliver your goods.


Anything to Declare?

Customs clearance is a must for all goods entering the U.S, and it’s imperative you supply the right documentation. You will need to organise a Power of Attorney document – allowing the agent or broker to represent you and offer up documentation for you.  There’s also a ‘Declaration of Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles,’ form to complete – where you are required to state information about yourself and details about your shipment. Finally, you will need a ‘Supplemental Declaration’ which relates to your citizenship, overseas addresses, provision of a passport or social security number and employment information. Along with your personal data you will need to outline what items you are taking with you, which is done via an inventory or packing list.


Moving to Australia

Known for its majestic opera house and bridge, stunning barrier reef, and amazing beaches, Australia is a popular destination for those seeking a new life in the sun. If you fancy heading down under you will need to clear customs first!


Anything to Declare?

Again, you can choose to have your very own container, or alternatively opt for a groupage container and share. Either way, on arrival the container will need to go to a customs bonded store – all shipments must obtain clearance from customs and quarantine on initial entry to Australia. It’s essential that accurate documentation accompanies your goods. The Australian Government are strict when it comes to ensuring the country remains free from diseases which could have an adverse effect on agriculture and livestock. The Quarantine Inspection Service is responsible for checking out shipments entering the country, and will select certain shipments to undergo physical examination. A lack of correct documentation will lead to a full-on check by customs (which is not cheap)! Shipments over 35 cubic feet must be examined as a matter of course, others are chosen to be checked randomly.

Charges, Restrictions and Documentation

Door-to-door shipping is the best way to go to get your goods to Australia, otherwise you will have to pay out additional costs for handling and delivering your container from the port to your new pad. As a new resident it’s your responsibility to find out about any duty or taxes you will need to cover relating to your shipment. There is a special concession for those who are heading to Australia to live permanently – this equates to AUS $400 for each adult and AUS $200 per person under eighteen.  You will need to provide a packing list / inventory detailing the items on the shipment (as with most countries there are restrictions regarding what you can and cannot take with you so be sure to check)! You will also need to fill in an Australian Customs Form, and provide a copy of your passport.


Moving Elsewhere?

Here at Get Cracking we offer a professional and friendly service, and can help you move to Canada, the U.S, Australia, and a whole heap of other destinations – Ireland, Europe and beyond – the world is your oyster.

Size doesn’t matter to us, big or small we can cater for your move! Check out the services we have on offer – these include courier service, pallet service, part load and full load services and container shipments.


Hankering after a smooth and quick international move? Let us Get Cracking for you!